UFC 160 wasn’t a coincidence. Heavyweight rivals Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos annihilated their respective opponents in an electric UFC Heavyweight doubleheader last night.
Did that just happen to occur? Was it just a perfectly aligned conformity that took center stage on yet another exhilarating bill by the Ultimate Fighting Championship?
Or, was it practical matchmaking? The bolts and screws perfectly corked in to get YOU interested in watching the two leading heavyweights Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos duke it out for five rounds?
Exactly, But don’t be hasty. While one with a rhythmic tongue might say “Velasquez will drag him to the floor! He’ll use his spectacular ground n’ pound to keep him nice, bloody and sore!” I must say that Velasquez-Dos Santos 2 was something special – fished up from the very soul of Cain Velasquez. The Mexican-American bullied Dos Santos that night. From the first moments Dos Santos was being chased – walked down on foot and often torn up on the mat. He wasn’t given the range to time Velasquez – something that allowed him to spark that first round K.O. again the champion in their first meeting.
I will swallow my pride in saying that I saw “no reason” for the rematch between Velasquez and Dos Santos. I viewed Dos Santos and his world-class striking ability as a puzzle that Cain would have been unable to solve. And his underrated Jiu-Jitsu background to serve him in crawling out of the rubble if Velasquez would knock him to the floor.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
The de facto point of matching the two best UFC Heavyweights in the cage is that anything can happen. Velasquez, an outstanding wrestler with deadly kickboxing skills can take the fight anywhere. Velasquez can swarm his opponents on the canvas, grapple onto the cage or throwdown mid-ring. It doesn’t matter.
I would recommend Velasquez tries to tug Dos Santos to the ground. Cigano has solid defensive boxing skills for an MMA-style boxer. Just that would give him a strong advantage on his feet against the Californian slugger. Velasquez would need to tighten up his shots to avoid getting clipped after missing a stray punch verses Dos Santos. On the ground Junior Dos Santos is still a force to be reckoned with – he is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. To survive a ground attack Dos Santos will need to keep his whit about him and not allow the stronger Velasquez to impose his will on him. That is easier said than done and will be a determining factor in a fifty-fifty scrap.
Dana White has already expressed great interest in getting the third fight on. That thought was left to brew in the minds of all MMA fans in the UFC 160 build up. After Dos Santos’ third-round heel-kick KO of Samoan-Australian sensation Mark Hunt and Cain Velasquez’s 81 second thrashing of Antonio “Big-Foot” Silva it was almost a given. Yesterday, the popular viewpoint was reassured – the only men who can trouble these guys are each other! If and when the trilogy does happen – expect a true show between the two best Heavyweight fighters on the planet!